What to ask your doctor about allergic rhinitis - child; Hay fever - what to ask your doctor - child; Allergies - what to ask your doctor - child
Allergies to pollen, dust mites, and animal dander are also called allergic rhinitis. Hay fever is another word often used for this problem. Symptoms are usually a watery, runny nose and itching in your eyes and nose.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your child's health care provider to help you take care of your child's allergies.
What is my child allergic to? Will my child's symptoms be worse inside or outside? At what time of year will my child's symptoms feel worse?
Does my child need allergy tests? Does my child need allergy shots?
What sort of changes should I make around the home?
Is my child taking their allergy medicines the right way?
Will my child have wheezing or asthma?
What shots or vaccinations does my child need?
How do I find out when smog or pollution is worse in our area?
What does my child's school or daycare need to know about allergies? How do I make sure my child can use the medicines at school?
Are there times when my child should avoid being outside?
Does my child need tests or treatments for allergies? What should I do when I know my child will be around something that makes their allergy symptoms worse?
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Milgrom H, Sicherer SH. Allergic rhinitis. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 143.
Review Date: 2/16/2017
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